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Please see below outline Program for Shannon ABC's Open Innovation Conference 2012. This page will be regularly updated to include speakers as they are selected.

4th April

  • 8.30 am Registration
  • 9.30am Welcome address
    • Dr Maria Hinfelaar (LIT President)
    • Mr Brian Hayes (TD, Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform)
    • Dr Tim Yeomans (Shanon ABC Centre Manager)
  • Session 1
    • Chairperson - Dr Shane O'Connell (Shannon ABC Strand Leader IT Tralee)
  • 9.55am Keynote Presentation - Open Innovation in the Life Sciences - Realising the value of knowledge assets
    • Dr Iain Gillespie Visiting Professor, Innogen Centre, Science, Technology & Information Studies, University of Edinburgh
  • 10.40am Open Innovation: Benefits for Combination Product Development
    • Dr Hilda Mulvihill, Business & Process Development Project Manager Advanced Operations, Stryker Orthopaedics
  • 11.10am Coffee/Networking
  • 11.40am Open Innovation & Sustainability in the Pharmaceutical Sector
    • Kevin O’Keeffe, Sustainability Leader within Global Manufacturing & Supply, GSK
  • 12.05pm Building third-level networks to develop market-driven research innovation – a perspective
    • Cecil Ryan – OCS Canon Hygiene Services (Regional Managing Director Europe)
  • 12.30pm HIPODERM – An Open Innovation Project Funded by the Marie Curie Industry Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) programme
    • Dr Marc Kelly, Marie Curie Research Fellow, EirGen Pharma Ltd, Waterford
    • Dr Niall O'Reilly, Centre Manager, PMBRC, Waterford Institute of Technology
  • 12.55pm Lunch
  • Session 2
    • Chairperson - Dr Patrick Murray (Shannon ABC Strand Leader Limerick IT)
  • 1.55pm Investing in Open Innovation
    • Round Table Discussion on sources of funding for research, development and innovation
      • Enterprise Ireland
      • SFI
      • Framework 7 Funding - Liam Brown (National Contact Point for SME funding)
      • Framework 7 Funding - Pamela Byrne (National Contact Point for KBBE funding)
      • IRCSET- Derek O'Brien, Programme Leader, Enterprise Partnership Scheme
      • Tax Credits for R&D - Gianmario Pala, Senior Technical Consultant, Leyton
      • Venture Capital Funding - Brian Caulfield, Partner at DFJ Esprit
  • 3.15pm Coffee/Networking
  • 3.45pm Ireland's Ocean Wealth - Development of Novel Plant Biostimulants from Marine Natural Resources
    • Dr Henry Lyons, Technical Director, Brandon Products
  • 4.15pm CyberColloids, 10 years in Food Innovation open or otherwise
    • Mr Ross Campbell, Business Director, Cybercolloids
  • 4.40pm Title to be announced
    • Breda Kennedy, R&D Director, PepsiCo Ireland
  • 5.05pm Poster Viewing/Networking

5th April

  • Chairpersons: Dr Michael Hall, Registrar IT Tralee, Dr Siobhan Moane, Head of Research and Technology Transfer, Limerick IT, Dr Tim Yeomans (Shannon ABC, Centre Manager)
  • 9.15am Management of Intellectual Property in CIT's MEDIC Centre
    • Mr Charles Daly, MEDIC, Cork Institute of Technology
  • 9.45am Identification of high-value compounds by LC-MS-MS
    • Mr Jer Hayes, Research Assistant, Shannon ABC, Limerick Institute of Technology
  • 10.05am From Sea to the Field - Monitoring the effect of Seasonality and Industrial Extraction on a final Seaweed product
    • Mr Patrick Quille, Research Assistant, Shannon ABC, Institute of Technology, Tralee
  • 10.25am An Investigation of Novel Biocompatible materials
    • Mr Swarna Jaiswal, Postgraduate student, CREST, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • 10.45am Spectral enhancement of the phytonutrient content of lettuce crops using light emitting diodes
    • Mr Tony Skerritt, Postgraduate student, CELLS Research Group, Limerick Institute of Technology
  • 11.05am Coffee/Networking
  • 11.35am Bringing an automated heat detection system to the parlour.
    • Ms Felicity Bentley, Research Assistant, Shannon ABC, Institute of Technology, Tralee
  • 11.55am Unique fungal sources of industrial catalysts
    • Ms Katrina McPhillips, Postgraduate student, Shannon ABC, Limerick Institute of Technology
  • 12.15am Ragwort: A possible economic commodity?
    • Ms Catherina O'Keefe, CELLS Research Group, Limerick Institute of Technology
  • 12.35am Establishment of clinically relevant ‘Human Whole Blood Assay’ for automated screening of Immunomodulatory natural biomolecules
    • Nahidul Islam, Postgraduate student, Shannon ABC, Insitute of Technology, Tralee
  • 12.55pm Lunch
  • 2.00pm Intellectual Property Workshop
  • 4.00pm Conference Closes